• The #ChiWaterWeek Calendar

    5 days.

    Dozens of events.

    Hundreds of cross-sector water leaders.

    September 28, 2020 - October 2, 2020

  • Attend One Event - Or the Whole Week!

    Scroll down this page to see which events are scheduled on each day

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    Learn More About Each Event

    The links below will take you to the coordinating partners' event registration site where you can learn more and register.

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    Pick and choose which event(s) you'd like to attend - some events are free and others have a fee.

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  • Monday, September 28, 2020

    VIRTUAL PROGRAM DETAILS (all event times are in CST)

    Halo logo

    New Research in UV LED Disinfection

    9 AM - 10 AM

    Webinar, Free

    Hosted by Halo

     

    The germ-killing properties of UV light makes it an attractive alternative to chemicals for water disinfection. Much more recently, scientists have developed LED UV technology that offers the same advantages, but with much broader application due to its smaller size and lower power requirements. Join Halo, the collaboration platform for scientific innovation, for an interactive webinar with some of the leading scientists and startups working in the field of UV LED water disinfection. Researchers will provide an overview of their latest innovations and how they may be applied to a commercial setting.

     

    Register here.

    ​For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    Consulate General of Denmark - The Trade Council

    Exploit the Full WWTP Potential: Digester Optimization & Biogas Utilization

    10 AM - 12 PM

    Webinar, Free

    Hosted by the Consulate General of Denmark - The Trade Council

     

    Wastewater Reclamation Facility operators, as they operate or update their existing plants, have a great opportunity to look into the optimization potential of their digester and biogas infrastructure – i.e. generate additional energy and tipping fee revenue from intake of food waste, and be a positive force in addressing climate change through innovate solutions and technologies.


    Guest speaker Greg Kester, Director of Renewable Resource Programs at CASA, will provide an overview of the unexploited opportunities and challenges of co-digestion and biogas at Wastewater Reclamation Facilities.


    During this webinar, the following themes will be covered:

    • Anaerobic Digester Design & Operation: Design criteria and operational challenges. How does co-digestion of food waste influence your operation and process? by Renew Energy
    • Food Waste Pre-treatment: Organic recovery and contamination by Gemidan Ecogi
    • Enzymes and digestion: The benefits of enzymes and operational possibilities by Novozymes
    • Anaerobic Digester Operation & Mixing: The potential benefits of mixing in general and more specific GasMix by Landia
    • Biogas to Heat and Electricity (combustion engine): Recovery efficiency and system design considering service by NISSEN energy
    • Biogas to Renewable Natural Gas: How to upgrade biogas for the grid or transport sector? by Ammongas
    • Biological Treatment of H2S: The benefit of biological desulphurization of biogas by Biogasclean

    Register here.

    ​For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation logo

    Partners in Innovation: How to Collaborate with Universities and National Labs

    12 PM - 1 PM

    Panel Discussion, Free

    Hosted by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

     

    Teaming up with universities and national labs gives industry access to some of the brightest minds and most innovative tools to build their R&D pipeline. This panel discussion will outline the various opportunities for research collaboration, available capabilities and technologies for licensing across the University of Chicago, Argonne, and Fermi – and the best ways in which to engage as partners in innovation.

     

    Register here.

    ​For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    City of Chicago Department of Water Management logo

    Promoting Equity: Assisting Low-Income Chicago Residents with Water Bills and Lead Service Line Replacement

    1 PM - 2 PM

    Webinar, Free

    Hosted by the City of Chicago Department of Water Management

     

    Chicago has recently announced two equity-focused programs to provide lower income residents with assistance in paying their water bills and replacing lead service lines that could serve as a model for other communities. Utility Billing Relief (UBR) provides low-income Chicago residents with a reduced rate on their water, sewer, and water-sewer tax as well as debt relief for those who demonstrate they can manage the reduced rate bills for one year. The Equity Lead Service Line Replacement Program will provide complete lead service line replacement for eligible low-income residents whose water has consistently tested above 15ppb.

    City officials will offer the specifics of each program and review how equity was woven into the development of each. Speakers include:

    • Andrea R. Holthouse Cheng, P.E., Ph.D., City of Chicago Department of Water Management
    • Peter C. Gribble, City of Chicago Department of Finance
    • Angela Tovar, City of Chicago Office of the Mayor

    Register here.

    ​For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    Sierra Club Illinois Chapter logo

    Blue Jobs

    2 PM - 3 PM

    Panel Discussion, Free

    Hosted by Sierra Club - Illinois Chapter

     

    Clean water workforce careers are essential to not only physical health but our economic health as well. Illinois' infrastructure is in dire need of repair. Building, repairing and upgrading our water infrastructure will create thousands of good paying jobs. Water infrastructure upgrades will protect our rivers and lakes from pollutants and ensure clean drinking water for all. The "Blue Workforce" sector is wide open and ready to meet 21st century challenges through cutting edge innovative technology.

     

    Register here.

    ​For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    Image: Des Plaines McDonald’s, by Meredith Leich. From her Chicago and the Rain series for Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate

    Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate

    September 28 - October 2

    9 AM - 5 PM

    Art Exhibition, Free

    Glass Curtain Gallery – Columbia College Chicago

    1104 S. Wabash Ave., 1st Floor, Chicago

    Gallery capacity is 10 visitors; masks are required

    Hosted by Third Coast Disrupted, a collaboration between Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University’s Institute for Nature and Culture, and Terracom

     

    An exhibition of newly commissioned artworks culminating a yearlong conversation between artists and scientists centered on climate change impacts and solutions in the Chicago region.

     

    Through science-inspired sculpture, painting, collage and more, the artworks examine local impacts -- happening here and now -- ranging from extreme heat to flooding to habitat loss, and more. They also shine light on local solutions underway, like "cool roofs," nature-based approaches to slowing stormwater, and backyard habitat restoration. Some imagine future possibilities.

     

    No registration necessary.

  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020

    VIRTUAL PROGRAM DETAILS (all event times are in CST)

    Flow logo

    Impact Investing in Water

    10 AM - 11 AM

    Repartee, Free

    Hosted by FLOW

     

    This webinar will focus on how impact investors can play an important role in accelerating innovations that address the water needs of the world’s most vulnerable communities. This repartee-style discussion emerged out of recent exchanges with individuals who have experience in communities that simply can’t afford technologies that ensure safer and healthier households, schools, and neighborhoods. Some innovations are high-tech, yet some have been around for ages; however, for many communities, innovative technology solutions to water quality and quantity challenges are simply elusive.

     

    Register here.

    ​For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    Argonne National Laboratory logo

    Using AI For Water Research

    10 AM - 11:30 AM

    Webinar, Free

    Hosted by Argonne National Laboratory

     

    Creating new strategies for how we treat water and maintain or update our water infrastructure will require the adaptation of new technologies to help solve questions in water. One new technology, artificial intelligence (AI), offers scientists the ability to create smart systems to more nimbly manage, and even close, water cycles. AI will enhance how we use water purposefully and help address critical topics in water research: materials, selective separation, sensors and controls, manufacturing, modeling, and sustainability. This webinar will feature five presentations by Argonne researchers exploring different aspects of how AI can be applied to solve challenges in the water space.

     

    Register here.

    ​For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    Alliance for the Great Lakes logo

    The 2020 Elections and the Great Lakes

    12 PM - 1 PM

    Webinar, Free

    Hosted by the Alliance for the Great Lakes

     

    As the 2020 election season ramps up, voters are getting ready to mark their ballots. They’re researching candidate platforms, attending events and asking tough questions of candidates, and talking with family, neighbors, and friends about the election.


    The Great Lakes have long enjoyed strong bipartisan support, because people of all backgrounds can see the value of clean water. Right now, we have an opportunity to encourage candidates to stand up for the Great Lakes and hold them accountable once elected. Although the presidential election leads the news, candidates are running for offices at the local, state, and federal levels. Every office on the ballot, from mayors to the President of the United States, will have the opportunity to influence the Great Lakes and water issues after the election. To help voters get involved this election season, we’ve developed a new toolkit — The 2020 Election Season & the Great Lakes.

     

    We’ve also launched a Great Lakes Voter Information Center, which is available in English & Spanish. There you can check your voter registration status, learn about candidates on your local ballot, find your local polling location, and learn about mail-in or absentee voting in your state.
     

    Join us for a webinar during which we’ll share the toolkit and have a conversation about how you can get involved to raise awareness about Great Lakes issues this election season.
     

    Register here.

    ​For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.
    Metropolitan Planning Council logo

    Lead Weight: How We Can Drop This Drinking Water Threat for Good

    12 PM - 1:30 PM

    Webinar, Free

    Hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council

     

    Clean, safe, affordable water should be a given but it’s not—and that needs to change. Lead poisoning is a serious public health problem that is even more prevalent in Black and Brown communities. During this session, learn about state and city solutions that also create jobs in the communities.

     

    You will hear from

    • Heather Steans, Illinois Senator (D-Chicago)
    • Josh Ellis, Vice President, Metropolitan Planning Council
    • Lindsay McCormick, Program Manager, Chemicals and Health Program, Environmental Defense Fund 

    Register here.

    ​For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.
    Beyond the Bill event poster

    Beyond the Bill - Strategies to Achieve Water and Community Affordability

    2 PM - 3 PM

    Discussion, Free

    Hosted by the Center for Neighborhood Technology

     

    The cost of water is on the rise due to decades of disinvestment in our community water supply, stormwater, and wastewater infrastructure systems, resulting in water unaffordability challenges in many communities. However, water bills are not the only factor driving community unaffordability. As water infrastructure investment needs continue to rise, it is necessary to look at all aspects of a community’s cost of living to help households reach economic stability.

     

    CNT’s Jen McGraw and Anna Wolf, and IB Environmental’s Stacey Isaac Berahzer will discuss the state of water, community affordability, and provide an overview of our new water and community affordability action planning guide.

     

    Register here.

    ​For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    Image of pollution foam on water

    Hard to Kill: New Approaches for PFAS Destruction

    3 PM - 4 PM

    Repartee, Free

    Hosted by FLOW

     

    Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is a family of fluorinated organic compounds with widespread use in industrial processes, certain types of firefighting foams, and consumer products. They have been termed “forever chemicals” and have been found to contaminate ground water, surface water, drinking water, human serum and other environmental media across the globe. Toxicological studies have raised concerns regarding potential public health concerns of some PFAS materials.

     

    Currently, in the United States, the regulatory standards for PFAS treatment are primarily driven by drinking water mitigation and focused on a small subset of PFAS. Full-scale treatment of PFAS-impacted liquids or solids is currently limited to sequestration technologies that remove or bind PFAS but do not totally destroy them. Transformational or destructive technologies, including bioremediation, chemical and electrochemical treatment and thermal technologies, are currently in development and testing to address this concern.


    In this repartee, we have assembled a group of CEO’s that are actively involved with finding ways to destroy PFAS. They will be sharing the advances that the companies they work with are bringing to market, discussing how these technologies complement existing removal technologies and their thoughts of the challenges ahead.

     

    Register here.

    ​For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    DePaul University's Coleman Entrepreneurship Center logo

    How Water Can Transform Lives Throughout the Developing World

    3 PM - 4 PM

    Conversation, Free

    Hosted by DePaul University's Coleman Entrepreneurship Center

     

    We invite you to join the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center for a talk with President and CEO of Living Water International, Mike Mantel, about the necessity and importance of safe water all over the world, and specifically in developing countries. Mike will share his experiences and how he and his team raise awareness, fundraise and mobilize people to come together to implement safe water in communities that desperately need it.

     

    Explore the power of water and its ability to transform peoples' lives by improving their health, sanitation, education, social justice issues, and overall livelihoods.

     

    Presenters Include:

    • Bruce Leech, Executive Director, Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, DePaul University
    • Mike Mantel, President and CEO, Living Water International
    • Maija Renko, Professor and Coleman Chair of Entrepreneurship, DePaul University

    Register here.

    ​For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    City of Chicago Department of Water Management logo

    Utilizing Dashboard Solutions to Administer Chicago’s Free Lead Testing Program

    4 PM - 5 PM

    Webinar, Free

    Hosted by the City of Chicago Department of Water Management

     

    The City of Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) is responsible for providing nearly 1 billion gallons of drinking water each day to almost half the State of Illinois. Within the city limits alone, the DWM services a population of 2.7 million residents. Like many other utilities in the country, Chicago is faced with the challenges posed by aging water infrastructure, including the presence of hundreds of thousands of lead service lines connecting water mains to homes throughout the City. As part of the DWM’s commitment to ensuring good water quality and educating its residents, the DWM has offered Chicago residents free water lead testing since the 1980s. Due to an exponential increase in requests for water lead testing after the widely-publicized water issues in Flint, MI in 2016, the DWM streamlined its free testing program and adopted the system that exists today. This 311 Lead Testing Program has received over 88,000 requests since 2016 and continues to offer Chicago residents one of the most comprehensive free water lead testing services in the country.

    Administering a program of this size requires extensive technical development and support. Managing the collection, storage, availability, and security of data is a critical part of the success of the program. For Chicago’s 311 Lead Testing Program, an advanced data management software was adopted, and dashboard enabled digital solutions were deployed. These solutions are able to link large data sets from different sources and compile data for analysis and reporting purposes. Interactive dashboards are utilized to visualize data and switch from “big-picture” to micro program metrics in just a few clicks. Presenting program data and performance indicators to stakeholders including engineers, utility management, and elected officials is an effective way to help make real-time, data-driven decisions.

     

    Register here.

    ​For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    Chi Hack Night logo

    Exploring Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring in the Great Lakes

    7 PM - 10 PM

    Weekly Chi Hack Night Event, Free

    Hosted by Chi Hack Night with Current, the Cleveland Water Alliance and the Great Lakes Observing System

     

    Join a fun, volunteer, civic hacking community in addressing our city's needs. During the first hour attendees will hear a presentation by Cleveland Water Alliance, Great Lakes Observing System, and Current. For the remainder of the time, audience members will breakout into learning and prototyping groups.

     

    Registration details forthcoming.
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020

    VIRTUAL PROGRAM DETAILS (all event times are in CST)

    Illinois Section American Water Works Association logo

    Total Water Technology Seminar

    8 AM - 12 PM

    Virtual Seminar, $56 for ISAWWA Members, $80 for Non ISAWWA Members

    Hosted by the Illinois Section American Water Works Association (ISAWWA) Technology Committee

     

    Join fellow water professionals to learn more about cutting edge technologies, cybersecurity, hardware and software innovations, and other technology-related services for the water industry. A diverse group of speakers from around the country will showcase how organizations across the nation are implementing and utilizing the latest and greatest technology.

     

    Register here.

    ​For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    Illinois Environmental Council logo

    IEC Lunch & Learn Panel

    12 PM - 1 PM

    Short Panel with Q&A, Free

    Hosted by the Illinois Environmental Council

     

    Please join IEC and their panel of experts to discuss shoreline erosion in the Great Lakes. Recently, Great Lake water levels have been historically high, threatening beaches, homes, businesses and infrastructure along the shores. Solutions like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative have supported shoreline restoration jetports but there are also international and local efforts being made to combat shoreline erosion. During the discussion, policy experts, elected officials and community leaders from around the Great Lakes will discuss both problems and solutions to this complex and far-reaching issue.

    Speakers:

    • Pete Zuzek, Zuzek Inc.

    • Curtis Tarver II, Illinois State Representative

    • Maria Hadden, Chicago 49th Ward Alderwoman

    • Ted Haffner, Openlands

    Register here.

    ​For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    How the City of Big Shoulders is Addressing the Global Water Crisis event poster

    How the City of Big Shoulders is Addressing the Global Water Crisis

    2 PM – 3 PM

    Conversation, Free

    Hosted by Surge for Water

     

    Chicago, a thriving metropolis, is characterized by much of what defines a leading global city. A hub for connectivity, a cultural capital, home to world-class universities and hospitals, a flourishing immigrant population, visionary leaders – it plays an integral role in propelling the global economy. We’re also a leader in innovation, with one of the largest water filtration and treatment plants in the world.
     
    Blessed with abundant water on the banks of Lake Michigan – Chicago also has a history of giving back locally and globally. With 2.1 billion people in the world lacking access to safe water, Chicago-based nonprofits like Surge for Water, their local corporate partners and team members are helping solve the global water crisis – right here – in your backyard.
     
    This event will feature an in-depth conversation that highlights Surge’s sustainable global work and how everyday Chicagoans are taking local action to make far reaching global impact! You’ll hear from Surge for Water’s Founder, Shilpa Alva, and their local Corporate Partner, Jordan Robinson of SBB Research Group.

     

    Register here.

    For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    Third Coast Water Seminar Series logo

    Third Coast Water Seminar Series: Waterborne Disease (COVID-19)

    3 PM - 4:30 PM

    Presentation with Q&A, Free

    Hosted by Current with Argonne National Laboratory, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

     

    The series is intended to share the latest research in water and water-related technologies/areas of need to spur collaboration and solve pressing water challenges.

     

    Featured speaker: Dr. Rita Colwell, University of Maryland

     

    Register here.
    ​For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.
  • Thursday, October 1, 2020

    VIRTUAL PROGRAM DETAILS (all event times are in CST)

    Poster for Propelling Our Blue Economy

    Propelling Our Blue Economy

    9 AM - 11 AM

    Virtual Panel Discussions and Keynote Speaker, Registration Fee

    Hosted by Current

     

    This is the signature event of Chicago Water Week 2020. We'll explore the major players in Chicago and Illinois' blue economy and the actions needed to ensure the sector thrives. You'll learn about the suppliers of innovative water technologies and the companies that use and implement them to solve their water challenges. And hear from leading innovators, researchers, investors, and industry users who have built successful innovation communities - both locally and globally.

     

    This event is also part of the Innovation Pavilion at WEFTEC Connect.

     

    Attendees will hear from:

    • Kari K. Steele, President of the Board of Commissioners, MWRD
    • Andrea Zopp, President & CEO, World Business Chicago
    • Paul J. Vogel, President, Greeley and Hansen
    • Erin Rothman, CEO & CoFounder, StormSensor
    • Jamail Carter, Chief Commercial Officer & CoFounder, Varuna
    • Dr. Terry Mah, The Malabar Group
    • **KEYNOTE SPEAKER** Seth M. Siegel, New York Times Bestselling Author
    • Diana Palomar, VP of Community Engagement, ABC 7 Chicago

    Register here.

    ​For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    From Local to Global: Water Insecurities event poster

    From Local to Global: Water Insecurities

    11 AM – 12 PM

    Panel, Free

    Hosted by Surge for Water

     

    As our global society reckons with social injustice with a backdrop of a pandemic -- we invite you to join a conversation around environmental and systemic racism and its connection to water insecurity at home and abroad.

     

    While safe water is a basic human right, marginalized communities around the world still struggle with access. Inequities and aging infrastructure in Chicago and other parts of the US -- mirror the experiences of many developing communities around the world. A variety of organizations and stakeholders will discuss these life-threatening issues and share steps they're taking to make their communities water secure.

     

    Panelists include representatives from Surge for Water, Climate Resilience Consulting, W.S. Darley, and NRDC.

     

    Register here.

    For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    Poster for Propelling Our Blue Economy

    Our Grandchildren's Water: Let Justice Roll like Waters

    12 PM - 1 PM

    Virtual Tour, Free

    Hosted by Faith in Place

     

    A virtual tour of ways faith communities protect and preserve water resources, featuring rain gardens, rain barrel/garden combos, and an innovative, science based water curriculum for use by diverse faith communities.

     

    Register here.

    For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    Water Access for Urban Food Production and Sovereignty event poster

    Water Access for Urban Food Production and Sovereignty

    12 PM – 1:30 PM

    Panel discussion with Q&A, Free

    Hosted by Plan Heal

     

    Plan Heal invites you to join an important and engaging conversation about water access and urban food production. Panelists will engage questions from audience viewers and discuss:

    • Global Water Sustainability Goals/Data Share 
    • How Water Access Helps Some Chicagoans Access Fresh Produce 
    • Water Advocacy to Support Urban Farmers

    Moderator:

    • Tammy McMiller, Co-Founder & CEO, Plan Heal

    Panelists:

    • Magdalena Zlatkova, President, United Nations of Chicago 
    • Sam Koentopp, Program Manager and Ilana Marder-Epstein, Program Coordinator, Big Green Chicago 
    • Sean Ruane, Executive Director, Advocates for Urban Agriculture

    Register here.

    For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    LIFT Affiliate , IWEA, H2O For Life logos

    Intelligent Water Systems Webinar

    12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

    Webinar, Member: $15, Non-member: $30

    (Both Events - Member: $35, Non-member: $50)

    Hosted by the LIFT Committee of Illinois Water Environment Association

     

    Whether you call it digital water, smart water, intelligent water, digital twins or smart infrastructure, the water industry is progressing towards the digital utility of the future. Applying advanced data analytics through machine learning (ML) artificial intelligence (AI) to make more informed decisions is emerging across the water, wastewater, and stormwater industry. Attend this webinar to hear experts talk about ongoing AI projects in the Chicago Area and the potential of this technology to revolutionize current approaches to water management. The event qualifies for continuing education credits.

     

    Register here.

    For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    LIFT Affiliate , IWEA, H2O For Life logos

    Networking and Trivia Hour!

    1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

    Trivia, Individual: $25, Student: $10, Team of Five: $100,

    (Both Events - Member: $35, Non-member: $50)

    *Additional contributions to H2O for Life are appreciated

    Hosted by the LIFT Committee of Illinois Water Environment Association

     

    Need to take a break? Join us for this fun activity where teams will work together while raising money for a terrific organization – H2O for Life - that offers service-learning opportunities to engage, educate and inspire youth to solve the global water crisis! We promise you a variety of fun and challenging questions and quality networking time. You can register individually or as a team. A hint (Shhh!): there may a few questions related to the webinar on the Intelligent Water Systems held just before Trivia.

     

    Register here.

    For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    Shedd Aquarium logo

    Mobilizing Science to Enhance the Value of Great Lakes Waterways for Wildlife and Communities

    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Virtual presentation with facilitated Q&A, Free

    Hosted by Shedd Aquarium 

      

     

    Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and numerous creeks and wetlands are home to a diversity of aquatic life in our backyard. Join Shedd Aquarium Conservation staff to explore the innovative ways in which we are working with partners to address threats to these environments and the animals that call them home. From transforming applied science into impactful policy and creative use of technology, to mobilizing communities to act for animals, we emphasize the need to restore and preserve Chicagoland’s waterways for wildlife and people.

     

    Register here.

    For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    Image of flooded neighborhood

    Water, Water Everywhere:
    First-Person Flooding, Impact & Action

    6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

    Panel discussion with Q&A, Free

    Hosted by Third Coast Disrupted, a collaboration between Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University’s Institute for Nature and Culture, and Terracom

     

    More frequent intense rainstorms and flooding are among the devastating and costly impacts of the Chicago region’s changing climate. Like other effects, they hit communities of color hardest. Learn of the health concerns, from a personal and public health perspective, and hear about the local public-private partnerships and government efforts that provide relief and increase resilience.

    • Elena Grossman, Program Director, BRACE-Illinois, and Third Coast Disrupted scientist
    • N. Masani Landfair, Third Coast Disrupted Artist
    • Daniella Pereira, Vice President of Community Conservation, Openlands
    • Debra Shore, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

    This program is presented in conjunction with Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate, an art exhibition taking place at Columbia College Chicago's Glass Curtain Gallery. Learn more at colum.edu/thirdcoast and ThirdCoastDisrupted.org.

     

    Register here.

    For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

  • Friday, October 2, 2020

    VIRTUAL PROGRAM DETAILS (all event times are in CST)

    Argonne National Laboratory logo

    Materials for Water

    10 AM - 11:30 AM

    Webinar, Free

    Hosted by Argonne National Laboratory

     

    Manufacturing innovations will play a significant role in solving the global water crisis. How can we use pioneering technologies to deliver next-generation purification materials — selective and resistant to fouling and degradation in energy-intensive applications — that are fundamental to clean water accessibility? Learn from these experts:

    • Frank Cassou, Co-Founder & CEO, Cyclopure
    • Peter Fiske, Executive Director, National Alliance for Water Innovation
    • Alaina Harkness, Executive Director, Current
    • Melissa Klembara, Technology Manager for the RAPID Institute and the Energy-Water Desalination Hub, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Katie Kollhoff, Co-Founder & CEO, NUMiX Materials
    • Paul Westerhoff, Regents Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University
    • Jeffrey Wilbur, RO/NF Membrane Chemistry Manager, DuPont Water Solutions

    Webinar moderator Junhong Chen, lead water strategist at Argonne, will cap off the webinar with a virtual tour where you can see for yourself the state-of-the art equipment and technologies available to industry partners in Argonne’s newly expanded Materials Engineering Research Facility.

     

    Learn more about Argonne’s water work.

     

    Register here.

    For any questions or problems, please contact the event coordinator via the event's registration information.

    WEFTEC logo

    Celebration of Water Innovation Organizations

    1 PM - 2 PM

    An Update on What's Happening Across the U.S. at Different Water Innovation Hubs, Free

    Hosted by Water Environment Federation (WEF)

     

    This is a private event recording and will be available to the public later to view.

     

    Part of the Innovation Pavilion at WEFTEC Connect.

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